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Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1988

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Château Lafite Rothschild:
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths,... Read more
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths, meaning that it made the best, most expensive wine at the time. Though James de Rothschild didn’t live long enough to see his winery prosper, since he died just three months after founding the chateau, his offspring have preserved the chateau’s high standing for generations. The winery’s first major purchase took place in 1962, when they bought the dying Chateau Duhart-Milton. By that time, the once-thriving vineyard had only 42 acres to its name, but Chateau Lafite Rothschild breathed new life into the property, upgrading the equipment and replanting much of the vines. 1984 marked the start of a long chain of purchases, with Chateau Rieussec in 1984, Vina Los Vascos, in Chile, in 1988, and Chateau l’Evangile in 1990. By 1999, they began restoring the Aussieres Estate, a massive 1,500 acre plot, and in 2008 they announced plans to create a winery in Penglai, China. After all this, Baron Eric de Rothschild, the current owner of the estate, continues to look forward toward the future, with new markets, like China, just over the horizon. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
09/22/2008

Opens up with a very deep and brooding nose that is decidely leafy and oaky with competing notes of seaweed lead pencil, cedar, and mineral all over a pool of cassis. Bright in the mouth and still fairly tannic but much more mature than a bottle 2 years ago. Plummy fruit with a very soil driven mid-palate that leads to a finish that's rich in spicy notes and mineral grafite. Still rather stoic though resolving well. the finish is very long yet only hinting and the depth of fruit held in reserve. Needs another 2-3 years before it' ll be worth trying again.


External Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2010

Slightly disappointing for Lafite, this has medium body, fine tannins and pretty aromas and flavors of tobacco, cedar and fruit. Though lacking in fruit and tannin concentration, it's elegant and supple, giving plenty of pleasure. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


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Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes Broodingly backward and in need of considerable bottle age, the 1988 is a classic expression of Lafite. This deeply-colored wine exhibits the tell-tale Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle her... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/18/2012

Beautiful and subtle on the nose, with mineral, berry, licorice and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a pretty balance of fruit and mint. Long and caressing. Real claret here. Everyone talks about 1989, but this is very close i... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


External Review
Source: SoDivin
07/10/2009

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